Porsche announced 50,600 Cayenne’s sold – only 3,500 are hybrids image

Porsche Ag. the German automaker has just announced that in the first ten months has delivered a total of 50,600 new Cayenne SUV’s, 63 percent more compared with the same period the year before.

From those, only 3,500 are hybrids. The EPA rates the Cayenne Hybrid at 20 mpg city and 24 mpg highway, not extremely high numbers, although a decent step up from its brethren, which show city numbers in the midteens.

In some ways, this is a big improvement over the non-hybrid base model (14/20 mpg EPA) and way better than the Turbo S model, which costs $104,800 and gets just 12/19 mpg.

However, the Cayenne S Hybrid is not cheap – it starts at $67,700 (excluding destination). That’s $21,000 more compared to the gas-powered V6 variant.

So what do you get for those $21,000? More power and a better fuel economy….?

The 3.0-liter direct injection, supercharged V-6 engine, combined with the electric motor, push horsepower up to 380, while torque comes in at a whopping 427 pound-feet, which is a little less power but more torque than the V-8 Cayenne S generates.

But the batteries and the other necessary hardware adds nearly 400 pounds to the hybrid compared with the V-8.However, the Hybrid Cayenne still accelerates to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds – only half a second slower than the V-8.

An air suspension only helps the Cayenne Hybrid in a small way in the turns.

As such, the Cayenne S Hybrid doesn’t make a compelling argument for itself, except for buyers who must have a hybrid, but still want Porsche handling.